thanksgiving |ˈθaŋksgɪvɪŋ, θaŋksˈgɪvɪŋ|noun [ mass noun ]1 the expression of gratitude, especially to God: she offered prayers in thanksgiving for her family

Happy Thanksgiving!

I hope you are all enjoying the chilly weather, kids being home from school and that you were able to get to the grocery store before the big rush to gather all that you need to prepare for tomorrow’s turkey, mashed potatoes and pumpkin pie!

I’m really enjoying spending time with my family this week. We just returned from a great trip home to Laredo to celebrate my Grandpa’s 93rd birthday, and our time there made me so thankful for the people in my life. It reminded me of the importance of the legacy Field and I are creating for our family, and the importance of spending time together.

Life can be so busy at times that we have to intentionally carve out time to play with our kids, go on dates with our husbands, and plan meals and activities to spend time together as a family.

Our kids are growing up so fast, I want to enjoy every moment that we have together while they are young. Make sure you’re being intentional about creating space for family time. If you don’t plan for it, it won’t happen!

I’m sharing some photos today from a family trip we took to the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden a few weeks ago. I love taking the kids to visit the Arboretum during the changing seasons, especially during the fall when they decorate with brightly orange colored pumpkins to highlight the beautiful changing leaves on the trees. They are named one of the top 16 outdoor gardens for the autumn season, and it’s very obvious why!

Now, for the holidays, they will be decorating with twinkling lights, red velvet and white cotton snow for the 12 Days of Christmas experience, and it is truly magnificent! Tickets are available online now from November 6th-January 8th (excluding November 24th and December 24th-25th).

I would definitely recommend finding a date on the calendar to take your kids. The Arboretum is a great location for any photoshoot, and a great place to spend the day with your family.

Remember to make time to enjoy your family this week and year–they are the most important people in your life!

“Gratitude can transform common days into thanksgivings, turn routine jobs into joy, and change ordinary opportunities into blessings.” William Arthur Ward